Kathleen B. McDermott, Ph.D.

Psychological and Brain Sciences

Neurosciences Program

  • 314-935-8743

  • 314-935-8892

  • 1125

  • kathleen.mcdermott@wustl.edu

  • http://pages.wustl.edu/memory

  • behavior, cognition, cognitive, fMRI, imaging, memory

  • Human behavioral and fMRI studies of memory

Research Abstract:

Professor McDermott investigates human memory. More specifically, her research uses behavioral (traditional psychological) and functional neuroimaging (specifically, fMRI) techniques. A primary interest is exploring the link between remembering and imagination. How do we draw upon memory to envision potential future scenarios? How does imagination lead us to remember events that we did not overtly experience? Another interest is in how memory retrieval alters the accessibility of later memory. Specifically, taking a memory test doesn`t simply assess memory but also enhances the likelihood of later remembering the tested material (and related information). Our lab is exploring this phenomenon both behaviorally and using fMRI.

Selected Publications:

Nelson, S.M., Savalia, N.K., Fishell, A.K., Gilmore, A.W., Zou, F., Balota, D.A., & McDermott, K.B. (2015, Adv. Access Online). Default network activity predicts early memory decline in healthy young adults aged 18-31. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhv165

Gilmore, A.W., Nelson, S.M., & McDermott (2015). A parietal memory network revealed by multiple MRI methods. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 534-543.

Gilmore, A.W., Nelson, S.M., & McDermott, K.B. (2014). The contextual association network distinguishes between remembered and imagined events. Cerebral Cortex. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu223

McDermott, K.B., Agarwal, P.K., D`Antonio, L., Roediger, H.L. & McDaniel, M.A. (2014). Both multiple-choice and short-answer quizzes enhance later exam performance in middle and high school classes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20, 3-21.

Nelson, S.M., Arnold, K.M., Gilmore, A.W. & McDermott, K.B. (2013). Neural signatures of test-potentiated learning in parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 11754-11762.

Arnold, K.M. & McDermott, K.B. (2013). Free recall enhances subsequent learning. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20, 507-513.

McDermott KB, Szpunar KK, and Christ SE. (2009). Laboratory-based and autobiographical retrieval tasks differ substantially in their neural substrates. Neuropsychologia 2009 47: 2290-2298.

Szpunar KK & Chan JC, and McDermott KB. Contextual processing in episodic future thought. Cerebral Cortex 2009 19: 1539-1548.

Szpunar KK, Watson JM, and McDermott KB. Neural substrates of envisioning the future. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: USA 2007 104: 642-647.

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